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Frederic Lardinois

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Frederic Lardinois founded SiliconFilter in 2011. Before starting this site, he wrote about 1,500 articles for ReadWriteWeb. His areas of interest are consumer web and mobile apps, as well as Internet-connected devices like cars, smart sensors and toasters. You can reach him at [email protected]

Facebook just announced that it will soon start rolling out the next part of its music service. Launched in September 2011, Facebook Music only let users see what their friends were listening to on popular streaming music services like Spotify. Now, as part of the next phase of this rollout, Facebook is also launching its "listen with" feature that...

Google and Twitter are currently in the middle of a very public feud over Google's "Search plus Your World" initiative. Twitter probably has some legitimate concerns here and it’s a bit surprising that Google didn't anticipate this reaction. While all of this is playing out, though, Google's biggest rival, Microsoft's Bing, has decided to stay out of the fight....

Google launched its new "personal results" feature yesterday that now mixes more Google+ posts from you and the people you follow on the service into your regular search results pages. There is a lot of talk about how it's anticompetitive and a sign of Google abusing its legal monopoly in search to push Google+, but the reality is, "search+"...

There's been a lot of talk in the last 24 hours about how Google may be favoring its own social network Google+ with yesterday's "Search plus Your World" update. Getting lost in this heated discussion is the simple question of whether this update is actually improving the search experience on Google. Google, in its announcement yesterday, said that it is...

OnLive, the streaming gaming service, is coming to GoogleTV and could just be the killer app for Google's set-top box. With OnLive, gamers can play current video games that don't actually run on the user's local hardware. Instead, the games run on OnLive's own servers and the graphics are streamed to your computer. OnLive lets you rent games for...

Even though CES remains in full swing in Vegas, Google monopolized the attention of the tech news world on Tuesday with the announcement of its updated personalized search algorithm. The reactions so far have been relatively negative, as many have the impression that Google is just trying to push Google+ with this update. Google vehemently denies that it is...

With the launch of its updated personal search results, Google introduced a massive change to its search algorithm today. The reaction among the tech pundits so far has been mixed, especially given that Google - which was once considered a neutral player - now seems to be giving highly preferential treatment to its own social network. Twitter, which used...

For better or worse, our cars are slowly turning into Internet-connected gadgets. Chances are that by the time the 2015 models arrive, virtually every new car except for the most basic models will be able to connect to the Internet in some form. Unless the carriers decide to cap our downloads a 200MB, it's a safe bet that streaming...

As expected, the first day of CES brought a slew of news. Microsoft's keynote was mostly forgettable, except for the announcement of a launch date for the Kinect for PC (Feb. 1st). Other vendors made better use of their time in the spotlight, however. Google, however, managed to re-capture the limelight this morning by announcing its new, highly personalized...

Microsoft's keynote at CES this evening felt like a cruel joke. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the keynote was anticipated widely, especially because it was Microsoft's last appearance on the keynote stage for the next few years. Judging by today's performance, they won't be missed. Microsoft demoed Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Xbox on stage. Virtually...

Here is another nail in the coffin of traditional terrestrial drive-time radio: Ford and NPR just announced the launch of NPR's updated Android and iPhone apps with support for Ford's SYNC AppLink service that connects your phone to your car's built-in infotainment system. With this app, Ford drivers who own compatible vehicles will, for example, be able to get...

Google loves speed. From Instant Search to SPDY, its nascent replacement for the ubiquitous TCP protocol, quite a bit of what the company does these days has to do with speed. Google does this for good reasons. As Urs Hoelzle, the senior VP for infrastructure at Google notes in the latest edition of the company's decidedly slow quarterly magazine...

Broadband access is, according to the U.S. Federal Communications Commissions' (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski, now a more important communications platform than phone service. Because of this, Genachowski today announced a draft proposal that, if adopted, would extend the subsidies the U.S. government currently offers low-income families for phone service to broadband service as well. The so-called "Lifeline" program currently...

Here is some unexpected news from CES: OnLive, the company best known for streaming video games over the Internet, just announced that it will release a new iPad app later this week that will give users access to a virtual Windows 7 desktop with access to Word, PowerPoint and Excel, as well a browser (which we assume will be...

Path, which was founded by former Facebook developer David Morin and Napster's founder Shawn Fanning, launched in late 2010. While it got a lot of good press in its early days, it didn't quite take off either. At the end of 2011, though, Path launched version 2 of its iPhone and Android apps and the buzz around the private...